Press Releases

November 20, 2019

SPP receives certification to provide Western Reliability Coordination service starting Dec. 3, 2019

On Nov. 15, SPP received certification from the North American Electricity Reliability Corporation for its Western Reliability Coordination service in the Western Interconnection. The certification confirms SPP has the necessary tools, processes, training, procedures and personnel to operate as a reliability coordinator in the west beginning Dec. 3, 2019.

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November 18, 2019

Southwest Power Pool COO Carl Monroe announces plans to retire in Q1 2020

Carl Monroe, Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) executive vice president and chief operating officer, has announced plans to retire effective in the first quarter of 2020.

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October 29, 2019

SPP board directs construction of 44 transmission projects; elects new leaders

More than 120 Southwest Power Pool (SPP) stakeholders gathered in Little Rock on Oct. 28-29 for the annual meeting of members, held in conjunction with the board of directors and Regional State Committee (RSC). The board approved the 2019 Integrated Transmission Plan, requiring SPP members to construct 44 new projects, including 166 miles of 345-kV transmission. These upgrades will facilitate reliable delivery of lower-cost generation. They are expected to reduce SPP’s wholesale energy congestion costs by 21% on average, providing estimated future net savings of up to 23 cents on average monthly residential bills in SPP.

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September 9, 2019

Three regional utilities announce decision to join Southwest Power Pool market

Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, and the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) announced Sept. 9 their decision to join Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) Western Energy Imbalance Service (WEIS) market. When SPP launches the WEIS in February 2021, it will become the market administrator for these and potentially other utilities in the west. The market will centrally dispatch energy from these participants throughout the region every five minutes, enhancing both the reliability and affordability of electricity delivery from utilities to their customers.

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August 1, 2019

Southwest Power Pool board promotes three to senior vice president roles

Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) executives overseeing the electric grid operator’s information technology (IT), engineering and operations functions were promoted from vice president to senior vice president roles July 31. Barbara Sugg is now the organization’s senior vice president of IT and chief security officer, Bruce Rew is now senior vice president of operations, and Lanny Nickell is now senior vice president of engineering.

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July 30, 2019

Southwest Power Pool President and CEO Nick Brown to retire after more than three decades of leadership

At Southwest Power Pool’s Board of Directors and Members Committee meeting on July 29, President and CEO Nick Brown announced his retirement to be effective in April 2020. The board has engaged Russell Reynolds to perform a comprehensive search for his replacement.

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July 30, 2019

Southwest Power Pool board approves policy recommendations to enhance reliability, planning and market functions

At Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) Board of Directors and Members Committee meeting on July 29, the organization’s Holistic Integrated Tariff Team (HITT) presented 21 recommendations meant to:
• Ensure reliability for a changing generation mix and new technologies.
• Align transmission planning and cost allocation with SPP’s market and consolidated balancing authority.
• Enhance the Integrated Marketplace to reliably deliver low-cost energy to customers.

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June 17, 2019

SPP proposes Western Energy Imbalance Service Market to bring cost savings and grid modernization to the west

Southwest Power Pool (SPP) has announced to western utilities its proposal for the Western Energy Imbalance Service market (WEIS) it intends to launch in December 2020. The wholesale electricity market will balance generation and load regionally and in real time. SPP’s previous energy imbalance market went live in 2007 and provided participants with $103 million in benefits in its first year of operation.

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April 30, 2019

Southwest Power Pool leaders talk western expansion, holistic change and market performance at quarterly meetings

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) Regional State Committee of state regulators and Board of Directors and Members Committee convened in Tulsa on April 29-30. President and CEO Nick Brown reported SPP’s preparations to provide reliability coordination services in the Western Interconnection are proceeding as planned toward a December 2019 launch date. That effort also has led to the opportunity to provide additional services in the west on a contract basis. Brown said SPP will take a strong leadership role in providing a model for western markets.

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April 4, 2019

SPP invites utilities to help build an electricity market to serve the west

Southwest Power Pool (SPP) wants to bring its time-tested business model, proven benefits and enhanced reliability to the west through an energy imbalance market that would facilitate more efficient deployment of generation and use of the region’s transmission system. It’s calling on interested utilities and other customers to join in the design and implementation of a market that will meet the electricity needs of the Western Interconnection.

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